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Real-World, Hands-On Career Discovery!


Exploring is a career-education program for young men and women ages 14-20 (or 13 and have completed 8th grade). It’s about helping young adults make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. Through Exploring you can get involved, learn about a career, and decide to pursue it, or learn enough about the career to determine it’s not the right fit for you instead of spending lots of money on education and certification only to then discover you don’t like the career!

Exploring leaders volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for young adults. exploring is not about lectures and slide shows – it’s about gaining practical experience in a career field. the result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.


How To Join an Exploring Post or Club

Click here to locate a list of Exploring Posts and Clubs within the National Capital Area Council.When you find an Explorer Post or Club that is of interest to you, contact the District Executive responsible for the district where the Post or Club is located. Your District Executive will provide you the contact information for the Post or Club and give you more information on joining. 

If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll need a youth application. If you’re an adult, you’ll need an adult application and an Exploring Youth Protection certificate.

November 15, 2016 NCAC Exploring Program Launch Webinar

A webinar for adult Exploring leaders was conducted on November 15, 2016 to discuss recent council-level activities and potential future events/activities.  The slides from the webinar are located here, and a replay of the entire webinar can be accessed here.

NCAC University of Scouting Presentation on Exploring

A presentation titled, “The Exploring Program in the District, ” prepared for the February 18, 2017, NCAC University of Scouting is available for download here.